Elizabeth Baguley, illustrated by Mark Chambers. Pigeon Poop. (Good Books,
A perfect neat and tidy town ducks pigeon droppings falling down, while you
the reader reads the text and tries to guess what's coming...
Mac Barnett, pictures by Adam Rex. Chloe and the Lion. (Hyperion, 2012)
Did you ever wonder why publishers often keep authors and illustrators FAR
apart? This is why!
Chris Barton. The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's
Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors. (Charlesbridge, 2009)
Artie Bennett, illustrated by Mike Lester. The Butt Book. (Bloomsbury, 2010)
Artie Bennett, illustrated by Mike Moran. Poopendous. (Blue Apple, 2012)
Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky. Z is for Moose. (Greenwillow Books,
Order is overrated, and it takes too long!
Fred Bowen. No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400
Season. (Dutton, 2010)
Bowen tells, in spare text and with illustrations reminiscent of Norman
Rockwell, the simple story of T ed Williams, who wouldn't go into the record
books with a tainted record and anything less than a full season of hitting
.400, a feat that has not been matched in seven decades. This is a baseball
biography for even the very young; read this to a future Hall of Famer in your
Carolyn Buehner. Superdog: the Heart of a Hero. (HarperCollins, 2003)
Nathan Clement. Job Site. (Boyds Mills Press, 2011)
When the boss says get it done, which piece of machinery gets the job? Big
bold pictures of big powerful machines doing big jobs, perfect for little guys.
Timothy Decker. For Liberty: The Story of the Boston Massacre. (Calkins
Julia Donaldson. The Gruffalo. (Dial, 1999)
Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Boy + Bot. (Knopf, 2012)
Read it to a boy, or a robot, you love.
Cambria Evans. Bone Soup. (Houghton Mifflin, 2008)
Don't wait for Halloween! Here is a fun picture book take on an old storytelling
classic with ghouls and grossness and goofiness.
John Fardell. The Day Louis Got Eaten. (Andersen Press, 2012)
The kid gets eaten on page one. Just think how grumpy he will be by the end
of the book!
Nancy Bo Flood. Sand to Stone and Back Again. (Fulcrum, 2009)
For those young explorers who are obsessed with the question "How?", here
is a stunning look at the natural wonders of the desert. The words seem to
gladly sink into the background as pictures of rock formations and minerals
just dance across the page. It looks like fantasy, and reads like nonfiction.
How can you go wrong?
Tony Fucile. Let's Do Nothing! (Candlewick, 2009)
For all those little guys who can't sit still, here is a picture book that asks that
most important question: Why try?
Kristine O'Connell George, illustrated by Laura Stringer. Fold Me a Poem.
Robert Gould. "Big Stuff" (Series):
Monster Trucks. (Big Guy Books, 2004)
Tractors. (Big Guy Books, 2004)
Big Rigs. (Big Guy Books, 2004)
Giant Earthmovers. (Big Guy Books, 2004)
Rescue Vehicles. (Big Guy Books, 2005)
Racers. (Big Guy Books, 2005)
Sea Creatures. (Big Guy Books, 2005)
Dinosaurs. (Big Guy Books, 2005)
Martin Howard & Colin Stimpson. How to Cook Children: A Grisly Recipe
Book. (Pavilion, 2008)
Outrageous! A spoof on all those international cookbooks. "Irish Stu",
"Pie-Ella", "Kate and Sidney Pie"! Shocking! With gloriously hideous
illustrations of witch chefs and their sniffling ingredients, you will just die
laughing, then they will serve you with carrots and peas.
Oliver Jeffers. The Incredible Book Eating Boy. (Philomel, 2006)
What little boy didn't see his first book and... chomp?! Pair this with John
Perry's The Book That Eats People (Tricycle, 2009) for a feast of drooling,
Steve Jenkins. Actual Size. (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
Put your hand up against the hand of a gorilla. Go eye to eye with a giant
squid. Lay your whole arm along the back of the world's biggest insect. Too
Marty Kelley. The Rules. (Knowledge Unlimitted, 2000)
Marty Kelley. Twelve Terrible Things. (Tricycle Press, 2008)
Kathleen Kudlinski. Boy Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs. (Dutton, 2005)
Jeff Mack. Good News, Bad News. (Chronicle Books, 2012)
If you like Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie books, here's a buddy story that will
have you guessing what's coming on every turn of the page. The good news,
here's a bright shiny apple. The bad news is...
Bill Martin, Jr. & Michael Sampson, illustrated by Michael Chesworth. Little
Granny Quarterback. (Boyd's Mill Press, 2001)
Tell her she's too old to play and she'll beat you with her cane!
David Martin. Piggy and Dad Go Fishing. (Candlewick, 2005)
Patrick McDonnell. The Monsters' Monster. (Little, Brown and Company,
Three diminutive Frankensteins try to make a monster as monsterous as
they would like to be. When they are good they are bad; when they try to be
Kate McMullan. I Stink! (Joanna Cotler, 2002)
Mary Elise Monsell. Underwear! (Albert Whitman, 1988)
John Perry, illustrated by Mark Fearing. The Book That Eats People. (Tricycle,
So little guy, you want a scary book? A REALLY scary book? Are you sure?
Okay... It's a little funny, and really kind of scary, introduction for your future
gothic horror reader.
Dav Pilkey. Kat Kong. (Harcourt, 1993)
Dav Pilkey. Dogzilla. (Harcourt, 1993)
Dav Pilkey. Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble With Hally Tosis. (Blue Sky
Aaron Reynolds, pictures by Peter Brown. Creepy Carrots! (Simon &
The revenge of the root vegitable. It's things that go bump in the night for the
Jeff Rivera. Um, Mommy... I Think I Flushed My Brother Down the Toilet. (Jeff
Talk about taking the plunge(r)! It's an introduction to the classic fantasy
journey (think "down the rabbit hole"... on second thought, just don't), for a
very young audience.
Michelle Robinson. Pictures by Peter H. Reynolds. What To Do If an Elephant
Stands on Your Foot. (Dial, 2012)
Whatever you do, don't... Oh no, now you've made it worse! Sound like any
little guys you know?
Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. Dragons Love Tacos. (Dial Books
for Young Readers, 2012)
Why do dragons love tacos so much? And why do you never want to feed
them tacos with hot salsa? Just try it and find out!
Jon Scieszka. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. (Viking,
Jon Scieszka. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. (Viking Kestral, 1989)
David Shannon. No, David! (Scholastic, 1998)
Judy Sierra, pictures by Stephen Gammell. The Secret Science Project That
Almost Ate the School. (Simon & Schuster, 2007)
Marilyn Singer. What Stinks? (Darby Creek , 2006)
Erik John Slangerup. Dirt Boy. (Sagebrush, 2003)
Lane Smith. Abe Lincoln's Dream. (Roaring Brook Press, 2012)
And who should be more surprised? A little girl who stumbles upon the ghost
of Abraham Lincoln? Or Abe seeing the world that he helped build more than
a century later?
Bill Thompson. Chalk. (Marshall Cavendish, 2010)
What does sidewalk chalk have in common with a wordless picture book?
Shrill Travesty. The Taking Tree: A Selfish Parody. (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
Okay, even if you love The Giving Tree, admit it. That selfish, snot-nosed kid
really ticks you off. Gimme this, gimme that. I want apples, I want wood, la la
la. Don't you sometimes just wish that tree would...
Herve Tullet. Press Here. (Chronicle Books, 2011)
The perfect picture book for little guys. They will point, tap, clap, jump up, and
laugh. It is a book designed to stimulate the analytical side of the young boys'
brains, and boy does it ever.
Lisa Wheeler, illustrations by Barry Gott. Dino-Basketball. (Carolrhoda, 2011)
High-powered basketball lingo, tongue-twisting dinosaur names, and
dizzyness-inducing pictures. All a little guy could want from a picture book!
David Wiesner. Sector 7. (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)
David Wiesner. The Three Pigs. (Clarion, 2001)
David Wiesner. Tuesday. (Clarion, 1991)
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Barry Louis Polisar,illustrations by David Clark. Something Fishy. (Rainbow
Morning Music, 2013)
Every picture would be a cartoon worth framing: a dancing octopus in top
hat and tails, a crabby crab, a couch potato seahorse, and fishing through
the eyes of the worm. Oh yeah, there are funny poems too, but man, those
John Coy, illustrations by Joe Morse. Hoop Genius: How a Desperate
Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball. (Carolrhoda, 2013)
And you thought YOUR class was bad! This one was HISTORICALLY bad. But
one great teacher turned one tough class into one of the most popular
games in the world.
Aaron Reynolds, illustrasted by David Barneda. Pirates vs. Cowboys. (Knopf,
Quick, who would win a fight, baseball players or musicians? Astronauts or
dentists? Pirates or cowboys? What matters most? Strength? Weapons?
Teamwork? Body odor? At last, the greatest question of our age is
Scott Magoon. The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
I didn't normally talk to a Littlefoot...